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Reviews
The Alcatraz Escape by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Braced by Alyson Gerber
The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz
Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator) Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi
The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill
Murder Past Due by Miranda James
Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
Ragtag by Karl Wolf-Morgenländer
Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza
Runaways, Volume 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell
Ship It by Britta Lundin
Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: rereading for the American road narrative

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 18)
May 2018 Sources
May 2018 Summary
Thirty-one years of tracking my reading

Road Essays
There are 216 road narrative stories (that I'm interested in)
Who is Dorothy?

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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May 2018 Summary: 06/01/18

Inclusive reading report

May was a struggle not because of library books, but because of an over zealous schedule of newly purchased books I planned to read and review. I've come to the realization that I can't keep a pace of three newly published books a week and get reviews written for them and enjoy the process. Although I can and often do read what averages out to a book a day, actually committing to doing so every day is stressful.

I currently have seventeen books checked out and six holds (mostly for research) to pick up at the library. I'm less worried about finishing every one before they are due. I've decided that if I run out of time, I'll just return the book and re-request it if I'm still interested in reading it.

May was the first month after ten successful months where I missed my reading goal. Namely, I want at least half of my books to be from own voice authors, or from other countries. With reading twenty-three books, thirteen of them should have counted towards that goal. I only read ten — mostly from taking too long on some of the newly published books.

May's reviews, though, did feature a majority of diverse / own voice books. This is my third month in a row in reaching the reviewing goal. A large number of the books I read, especially of ones published this year, were reviewed in the month they were read, an unusual feat for me.

At the start of May, I had planned to review sixteen books published in 2018. In reality, I only managed to read and review eight of them.

At the start of May I had fifty-five reviews from 2016 to post. I'm now down to forty-four. My 2017 reviews dropped from forty-seven to forty. My 2018 reviews are holding steady, up a little from seventy-two to eighty-one.

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